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nVEN'lNQ UUI.U.TIN, HONOLULU, T. II., aATtHWAY, .IAN 2.1. 1309.
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OF the KANSAS
By LOUIS TRACY.
Author Df"Th Wind of the Montlne." "The Pillirof LIlM." Eta.
COPYRIGHT, 1000. OY EDWARD J. CLODB
CHAPTER XV CONTINUED
(From Last Saturday)
Mcntlw.d'e ltu meeting Ivtwccu
Tollounihe nml Gray wns full of racial
Tollemache, stepping forwnrd to
grasp Uraj's limiil, felt It wns Inciiin-
Ijont on him to niter the first won.
"ilnd n pretty rotten tlmo of It, I ex
pect?" said lie.
"Poisonous. And jou?"
"Oil, fnlr. Hcastly cloo squeak when
you turned up."
Orny hecamo more explicit when
Courtonny met III in In the chart room,
where the table had to bo cleared of
debris before some glasses and a cou
ple of bottles of champagne could bo
"When those blackguard cast oft
from tho ship," bo said, "no scudded
nway In n sort of ocean mill race
which threatened to upset us at nny
moment In fact, we gave up hope for
n time but, us the boat kept nllo.it. Mr.
Malcolm and I managed to stir up the
Chileans, and wp got them to steady
her with the oan. Some time K'toro
daybreak we ran Into smooth wnter
and made out hurt on the port bow.
In n few moments wo were ashore on
n pebbly Israeli In n place alive with
seals. When tbo nun into ue found
wo were on n barren Maud nnd, what
was more, that ono of the ship's life
boats had licen upset on. n reef which
wo Just missed and bad lost nil her
stores, though the men had scrambled
Into safety. Willi the aid of our Jtoat
nnd helped by fine weather wo raised
tbo lifeboat and rccocred gomo of tier
fittings. The water casks nnd tins of
food were hauled up by yi chap who
could dive well. Wo liivo been on that"
lump of rock until today, when I Anal
ly persuaded tho others that unless wo
ni'ido fur tbo land which wo could see
In tho dim distance the weather would
bieak nnd our food glo out. The trou
ble with tho Chileans was that they
were afraid of the natives hereabouts
nnd preferred to wait on the off ch.vico
of a ship showing up. At last they
saw that Malcolm and I wcro right,
but wo missed tho full run of tho tldo J
mid were some miles from tho main
land, or whatever It Is, when night felt.
We pushed nlongscaullobsly, round tbo
entrance to, tho cove wo had made out
before! the light failed mid wcro nbout
to lay to until dawn when wo saw u
rotket nud heard the fog born. That
woke us up. you bit. Tbo Chileans
pulled llko -inad, but wheu wo came
neir enough to discover that the ship
wns being nttnehed by Indians I had n
fearful Job to get my heroes to butt In.
That fellow Gomez Is n brick. Ho
orated liken politician, nnd finally they
got n mooon. I'roin what I have teen
since I en mo aboard I guess you wero
lAistllng about that time." ,
"Yes." tinld Courtenay, filling n glass
wjth wine, ns he heard Iloylo's step
without, lie handed tho glass to tho
chief when ho entered.
"How many?" ho asked.
"Huh! Wo'vo slung flfly-threo In
dians nn' nix of tho crew oorboard.
There's fourteen wounded natives an'
llo of our men In tho doctor's bands
Two Alnculofs died of funk when they'
et eyes on tho nigger who turned up
In tho lifeboat. They thought Well,
lierc'H chin-chin to everybody. I'm
, Y the way, what of M. tie
roluillHV" said Coiirlcnay.
"I saw him come nlmard with
Malcolm, but ho dived Into tho
salon nnd has not reappeared. Is he
Giaj's luoulh bet like n steel trap
His ejes hail n glint In them. He
ucenitt) to bo unwilling to speak. When
worda enmo tlicy wero cold and meas
ured. "1 b.icn't nny uso fof that fellow,"
ho said. "I snppo'o tho unpleasant
Htory must bo told sooner or Inter, so
hcie goes. In tho (list place, rolnclllt
' forgot that I understood Spanish, nnd
I lien nl lilm elplng to tho Chileans in
the Jolly boat that If wo took any moro
people on board ve Hliould be swamp
(nl. It was he who put tho notion In
their bends to cast off while jou wero
lowerlu,; Miss Dmliig's maid Into my
linns. I tiled to forget that, as ho was
hlu while with fear, nud some fellows
nro' uot responsible for their actions
Vlii;n their llvef melts. Hut I can
nocr forget his action on thclsland.
yesterday morning I was Just In tlmo
to hlop him nud ftur others from
Biicnklng oir In tho lifeboat with All
Courtenay's fnco hardened too,
"Necessity may have no laws," said
he, "but I fancy Ilioiild have found
0 codo io meet his caso."
"I hao organized n ilgllanco com
wlttco lu my time, nud Its nrtlclos
kind of fitted In," was tho American's
qulot reply. "That is why I have n.
fow recent knlfo cuts distributed nbout
my skin. I began to shoot, and wo
wcro two short on tio muster roll next
day. Po rolnclllt run and fell on his
knees. So did n skunk of nu Italian,
and I did not want to wnsto cartridges;
They wcro tied back to back until wo
"And the fifth?"
"Tho fifth was a woman.'
They talked until daybreak: then
rourtenay turned u. Uo mnol an-
'iiiiriilHi.'jLi 'iini'-'tr -& fl "fr"'iiii
pear tfn Totk fijr.""..! hi. .. tinrni. Ty
th.it time the Kmi'iis had lost all
narks of I lie t'.'it excepting the
rut ik'ii'i! windows, nnd n sailor who
understood Ihe glazier's art was re
i u-lrg Ihe broken glass. Making the
round of the ship, the raptaln found
III.sli- t-ltt In v.lth Isobel nnd Mrs. Soul
ervllle mi 1'ic promenade tlcik. She
wns binding .Inoy's fool, nnd lie knew
then why the do had scnuipered oT
on three logs ns roon as the cabin door
Lining tils cap, with n tnillo nnd n
geiiernl "Good morning." l.o bent ocr
"Well." ho sr.ld. "rurcly jou owe me
at least one kNl"
If her i becks were red bcftirc. thc
becai'ie sc.ti-lef'iiow. lint his kindling
gl.iurc had u.irncil her that be would
adopt no proteiij so she lifted her
faco to Ms, Ihorg'i she did not daro to
look nt her n'ift-J companion, four
tenny explain.'-, matters quite iisilly.
"If Ktwlt In i not told yuu nlieady It
Is tuy prl liege to nuunurco that she
nnd I lime signed rirtlclc," he said
with ii smile. "That Is, wo Intend to
get mnrrh'd ns soon ax tho ship reaches
"Indeed. I congratulate. v mi linlli inl
heartily." said the missionary's wife.
"Kvents have itiarcheO. then, while
wu were stranded on that wrettlied Is
land." tittered Isolwl. , Her utile was
rall(cr shrill. She. too. was excited,
not unite mistress of herself. Rhe did
not know bow far Gicj-'.t statement!"
might have prejudiced her Willi the
cnptiilu. She had already Vent tie t'oln
clllt ii note urgliu him to deny nbso
Inlely nil knowledge of the plot loste-il
the boat nnd attribute the American's
summary nc! Ion to his nilslnkcn ren
derlng of the Spanish pntnls used li
the Chilean sailors, "you feci sure
that v.e shall see no more of tho In
dlaus?" asked Isohel quickly,
"I think so, Ono never can tell, bill
If they hac the grit to attack us ngiln
I shall rcgnid them ns first class fight
ers." Isobel meiut to be oil her best bo
bailor. Her i-.ct with llio frenchman
was discreditable, but smooth won!
might restrain tniiguc.1 from wagging
until she lould le.uo the ship. More
over, tho vicissitudes of llfo In these
later dajs wcro uot without their ef
"I shall rcsumo my rounds," said
Courtenay to lilslc. "I expect to bo re
ceived reproachfully by Walker, lie i
n.n.lo ro.il l,r..-r... rnalor lnv. Ij.1 .no
whisper n secret. Then you may pasa I
it on in strictest commence.
He placed his lips close to her car.
"I am dreadfully In loio with you
this morning," he breathed.
"That la no secret." she retorted.
"It Is. You and I together must
dally find new paths In Uden. Hut my
less poetic nois should lw welcome
also. Wnlker says ho hopci to get
Bteani up tomorrow."
"Well, tell i:h quickly." cried Isobel,
with ii show of lnlctinc Inlcn-t wheu
Courtenay had goiie. Tho'igh his man
ner lictokciicd that the nffalr was some
thing which concerned l!lsle alone, she
wns on fire until sho learned that his
"secret" alluded to tho rcstoiod vital
ity or tho ship.
Tor onco her expressions of gratltudo
were heartfelt. Mrs. Somen Wo cen
" lime nrgnntzed a vlulltinrc cummlltct
In my II mi."
wept for Joy. This poor woman, after
llWug twenty-lle year lu the oasis ot
n mission liousc. was n strange subject
for htorm tossed wnnderliis nnd llghti
with cannibals. .
"It will l a real nnnlfesjatlon n'
rrovldemo If we fiw reai Y li.ii'laiK.
og.iln." she cried, dabllng ler eyei
with u handkerchief. "I'm sure .lo'.in
uud I have said so many u time dur
lug the past week. To think of tin
ship's blowing u In the way she did'
It makes me nil of u-tiemble. It dims "
'Oh." broke In liMo. thluMug that
the Information "she ik.sscshcI would
help to calm the older woiiinn, "we
b.no made n good ninny dlscoieilen
klnce since the boat went away r.ltl)
out i'Ji I iJ'Jlii U'"- !' t0" uic lui'.v
Old thoe horrid Chileans manage to
east off the tackle before Mr Clray or j
t.ome of the other men wero nblo lo
stop thi-in? Of course It Is mntterlcss
now In a sense, but nt that mobcnt It
looked like tearing those on the ship
to certain death."
Jin. Somerrlllo wns stricken dumb.
The American's shooting of two men
on White Horse Island had naturally
called for n complete explanation on
his part, nnd Alio did not ktioWow to
answer l'.lsle'.s question. Iteforo she
could gather her wlls lsobol Inter
vened. "If yon had been In that boat, dear."
rhe said sweetly, "yon would realize
I lie topsy timy.condltlon of our brains.
Evon Mr. Gray himself, the coolest
man on board, Imagined we might sink
nny moment, so what can you expect
of those escltnble Chileans? What nro
tho discoveries jou spoke of?"
"Well, some ono placed iljunmlle
among the coal."
nut who would do such n thing?" ,
"That Is hard to say. The captain
Mlcves that tho culprit will lie found
out through (lie Insurance policies.
You cannot tell how surprised I wns
lo hear him mention Venlnnn's nani'j
lu connection with It." "
The blood ebbed nwny from Isoucl's
cheeks. Ic-nlng her pillld ns.n jitntue.
Tliero wns n gasp In her voice which
stnrtled her own qars. I.et her agita
tion should Lo noted too keenly she
Ix'iit forwnrd nnd propped her face on
her climbed hands, staring fixedly nt
the distant cliffs In n supreme effort to
appear npathctlc. lilsle heard that dry
sob, but her friend a seeming Indiffer
ence misled her,
"Yes," sho said, wondering n llttlo
whether or not Chrlstobal's veiled, hint
regarding n bygone tenderness between
Ihe two might net omit for Isoliel's hys
terica! outburst nu the night of tho
ship's breakdown. F, pondering un
spoken thoughts tho while, she told tho
othc;'c.xnctly what ToHemnche. Chris
tot in I nnd Cotirtonaj had said and cen
rccaled to them that which Courtenay
himself did tfbt j dp now.
"Yon remember tho poor fellow who
got Into trouble soon after we sailed
from Vnlpnr.ilsn?" shnsnld. "I Us name
Is I'rascuctn. He was wounded again
lu Inst night's fight, but tint seriously,
and he nnd I nro quite chums. He as
sures no that he wns drugged by n
man named Joo Anncleto. who took
Jib place nmong the coal trimmers"
"Oh, Miss Maxwell, come quick!"
screamed Mrs.So'iicrWIIe. for Isoliel
had lurched hlifeinjs out of her cbalr
In n fainting lit. nnd the missionary's
r,-lfe wnn barely nblo to t-ao hcV head
from striking thcshlp's rails.
Joey wa,i shot out of tilslc's lap with
,sucli surprising fpeed tint he trotted
away without nny exhibition of lame
ness. Hu was quite disgusted for nt
least five ulmitcs, but It Is reasonable
to suppose that a dog of his Intelli
gence would brighten up when ho
hoard the wholly unlooked for story
which C'hrfstobal was translating to
Courtenay wool for word ns It was
dragged hesitatingly out of Suaroz.
The Argentine ml.ier hid U-on badly
mjnreii inning Hie BirilKglO lor liO'Kr:.'
f1"" "f ",0 Promenade deck. O wins to
loss of conselousnef;, sujip'cmeiitcd by
nn awkward fall, he might have chok
el to death had he not been rescued
ftlthln n few minutes. Ho wns cry III
nil ulgjit. and It was not until midday
that he recovered Euflklent strength to
enable, him to question the Indians on
Courtenay wlshej specially to find
out what chance, If nny, there wna of
tho Alaculof attack liclng renewed.
It was obvious that somo of the
maimed Indians rccogulred Suarer,
notwithstanding his changed nppcix'
nnco. the liislnnt he spoko to theiu. At
onco they broke out Into nu excited
chattering, and Su.ircz wns so discon
certed by tho tidings they conveyed
that he stammered a good deal and
seemed to lloundcr lu ghlng tho Span
"This' fellow Is telling us Just ns
much ns ho thinks It Is good- for us, to
know," snlil Courlenny sternly wlien
tho Interpreter avoided Ids accusing
gaze. "Hid him out with tho whole
truth, Chrlstobal, or It shnll ha his
pleasing task to escort his dear friends
back to their family circles."
liclng detected, Huarcz faltered no
longer. A ship's lifeboat had been
driven nshore lower dowu tho coast,
i'ourtecn men had lauded. They were
captured by tho Indians nfter n useless
icststnncc In which three were killed.
The dead men supplied n ghoulish
feast next day, and the others wcro
bound securely nnd placed In a cave
In order to bo killed nt intervals, an
exact parallel to the fato of Sunrcs's
own companions fho yenrs carl lor.
Hut on this occasion n woman Inter
vened, Suarez confessed very reluc
tantly that there was a girl In tho
tribe to whom ho had taught some
words of his own language. He
jlcclnrcd that the relations between
them wcro those of master nnd serv
ant, but tbo poor crenturo had fallen
lu loo with lilui nud had becomo near-'
ly frantic with grief when ha disap
peared. It was dllllcult to nnalyzu her
motives, but sliu had undoubtedly freed
the clcteu sailors nud led them over
tho rocks at low water to a cave on
(iliaunco hill, bcllovcd by the Indians
to bo haunted. The Indians dnr,cd not
follow, but they took good enro that
no canoes were obtainable In which
tho unhappy fugitives could reach tho
ship, nnd they wero confident that
hunger would soou drive them forth.
Courtenay's brow became black with
auger when he understood tho signifi
cance of this staggering story,
"It comes to this," ho said to Chris
tubal, "The men who got away from
the ICnusns In No. II lifeboat fell Into
the bauds of tho savages early on the
day of the ship's arrival here. Suuiez
vllpped his cable tlinf night. Mug
aware of the (Ime that eleven wlillj
rniHlv.es. WcaytllL n.UCt fl be.snjd
5r jftBBflftiW f JuafclCs
iio"w'onl. not even when he beard that
we had seen nne of the boat's water
rasks In n ennoe. What son of mean
liounit cau ho I e?"
tiuarac needed no trnnslntlou to
tho purport of Courtenay's
words. He In-sought the senor captain , nngiilsh lllg dn.ps of perspiration al "pr i"nip"iu. ' 'e ii-iirs sum.
to have patience with him. He had slo-sl oil his forehead when Courlemy ln 't""'11 ,ll'r i'''cks. and the situation
r.rntKMl from a llrliu: loi.il. nnd felticanio to him. clime back ftom Ihe traliiendeiitnl to
that ho would yield up his life rather
than return Therefore when he saw
how few in number nnd badly armed
were they on board the ship be thought
it best to remain silent ns to the fate of
the iKinl's crew. In the first place, he
fully expected that they had been kill
ed by the I mil ms, who would be en
raged by his own disappearance; rec
ondly, lie nlono knew how hopeless any
attempt nt n rescue must prove, llunl
ly, ha wished to spare the feeling of
those who had befileiidid him. Of
what nvall were useless mind tortur
lugs regarding tho hapless beings In
the hands of the savages?
There wns a certain plnuslhlencss In
this reasoning which curbed Oniric
nay's wralh, though It lu no way di
minished his disgust.
"Ask Mm to ascertain if tho Indians
believe the while men ate still living."
he said. A fresh series of grunts mid j
clicks elicited the rntt that the smoke
column seen the previous da) mi (liiau
nco hill had not Ihsjii created by the
tribe. Suarez ln-ggcd the sennr cr.ptnln
to remember that he had spoken truly
when he declared that Us meaning was
unknown to him. Probably from Vint
he now learned the girt who threw lu
her lot wMlb tho tallois had built n lire
Courtenay turned on his heel nr.d
quitted tbo cabin. Chrlstobal, well
knowing how the demons of doubt nnd
despair wcro nflllctltig'Coiirtenny, fol
lowed him to Hie upper deck. Uoyle
wns In the chnrt house, nntl Tolle
mache. liach man noted the captain's
Courtenay obtained n telescope.
Willi tho tact, which never failed him.
even In suchii desfH'rate crisis as this,
ho handed the doctor Ids binoculars.
Then lioth men looked at the summit
of (Juaiiiico hill. Though It wns high
noou nnd the landscape was shimmer
ing lu the hent mist created by the un
usual powcr'and brilliance of the sun.
they distinctly saw a thin pillar of
smoke rising above the trees. Courte
nay closed his telescope. He tnado to
approach Hoyle. evidently for the pur
pose of giving some order, when Chrls
tobal said quietly:
"Walt! I have something to say to
you. You ought to remain on tho ship.
Let me got"
"Yes, I. After nil. It Is only n matter
of taking command. One man cannot
go alone. He could not even pull the
lifeboat so far; hence what jou can
do I can do, and I havo uo objectlou to
djl'ng In that way." N
"Why chould cither of us die?"
"You know better than I how little
chance them L of tntlug those men
Yon may deem no calloua If I suggest
that the reasonable thing would be to
forget the inlsernblo statement you
havo Just heard. Oh, please hear me to
the end. 1 nni not talking for .vour soli
benefit, believe me. tinntly ns 1 nun
nil o.l lioinl nro hchbli'cu to ".on. I do
not propo:o gUriug tuy life In .loin
stead localise of my abounding ndml
ration fftr jour many virtues. Well
then, since you nru ro luipa'leut ns ti
ho nlmoit tvdc, 1 come stinlg'it In the
point. If jou take command f u boat'r
crew and endeavor to s-'ve l'i men
Imprisoned over there, yo-i wl.l almost
certainly throw- nwny jour life end tin
Ilvei of tlioa- who help jo'i. Y tin'
event n InilT hi whom vp nro liojh In
tercsled will suffer gili-vously On tin
other hand. If I were killed she nouli
weep u Utile. In-ciiusii il-v has n largi
heart, but you would console her. Am
the odl thing Is t-jt you nnd I nre
fully aware that cither you or I riusi
go oT on this fool's errand, Tin rr I
nono oilier In take the vacant place
.Now, Imc I tiiaJe m.vself rlear?"
"While I loinii'iind Hie Kansas I mi
rcspuuslblo tor 1'ie well Icing nf tin
ship, her tre-v end her iiciigcis. I
could iievi-r forgive niJU'lf If I left
tlm-o ine-.i lu t'10 mercy of Ihe liull.mix,
I cannot icruilt either jem or 'lolle
m.icl.c to tike a risk which I sblil.
Ilpjlc nud Walker must remain on
bonril lejt I mil. Now, Chrlst-jlnl
don't 'infAe my duly harder' Shake
hands! I nfii proud to claim jou ns a
"Huh." said Ib.yle. strolling toward
them. "What Is It-n bet?"
"Yes." laugh's! Cnui'lcnny. from
whose faiu'l doubt had vanished, "a
bet Indeed, tin I ji.u bold the stakes
Have j nu seen the smoke sUnil un
der?" All I he pointed uuu-. Ihe In1.
"Yes. Tnl!tiiiiiili- found It ngiln
twenty mlntitiis !iir."
"It means that ohii of our men
are theic, espr-.tiug us In h.ivc them
Ilolkt the ship's vpsveilug pi-nii.ini
from the main jnid Avviiiigoul t st.u
liocrd. HiilM ,i small lire on Hie poop
and throw some oil nud lainpl.l u-k on
It. If t'li'.v don't n-tognl.e the peuuaiil
Ibey'wlll uuderstnud the tmoke iel
some fund' mil water stouts! lu th
llfeho-ii and i-rfer .1 a he.nl lo six men
who will v.'lii-l'i'er fer u trip nl '.:"
"I g lu lii.iig-. of louixe. sir?" said
"You ifii.id if and take tonunand
dining ti . i . in. I want two re
M.lven fur .. ti .pie nf the crew, and I
shall take in1 iv,iivguu. I'le.ise make
nil nnnugi-'ut'iits promptly, I am go
ing to in." nil' i fur five mbm." nud
shall start Immediately' afterward
This was the captain speaklu-.. j!I
i it admitted of nu contention. Ho -le
.lied o7. and Courtenay went iMo
What do jou think of It?" Curls-
' al iisk-d 'li.lleiiiiulie ns Ihe taller
fared lo be H.iiiuteilug after the
I'o-.'rlei! ij Is a hard man to stop,"
...ild Tolluui.li In, vanishing' down'the
erei..inl"- '(" :ti,,iiii v.: lejf
.it-Hii iitwUitjfiiiiWrB 4fff
I , -
! T "" .".. .'': ''''
mi nee, ... iiioug... ..- ... .....
probe is own couiniuii ngs So i-om
!. , ;.'..
iie. were liu-j. r.n u ii iiici-r .iimiiik'iiii
of noble fear and bine .sveclntlon. ,
that ho could have cried aloud In his
I 'Tor (lod's sake, don't g't." raid he
.hoarsely. "Dojioii know jou mo plu'--
Ii':; me on the rnrk?'
"Your sniTerlngs) are of your own
contriving, then. Wh.v, man. there's
no reason for nil this ngony. I Inve
written to r,l!e, brlelly explaining mat
ters. Ilea Is the letter. (!lvi It to
her If I don't retain. And now pull
yourself together 1 want jou to cheer
her. Above nil things, don't let iuv
77ic Sjianfartl ii'U fc( tilonc on the
know I am leaving the ship,
swing mjself overboard nt
moment. I can't say goodby,
think I could stand that."
SOHI.1,'8 drooping wns of brief
endurance. Hlslo mid Mrs. Som
ervllle supporlisl her to the state
room, and there I!lslc sat with
her n little while soothing her ns one
might comfort n child lu pain.
Isobel, stupefied by some hniintlug
knnwledgo which appeared to have n
vague connection with Ihe misfortunes
of the Kansas, yielded to Klslc's gentle
compulsion mid endeavored to close
Through the open port Klslc heard u
man wnlk rapidly along tho deck nud
halt outside the door. She half rose
from her knees to nnsvvcr tho expected
knock, thinking that Mrs. Somen Hie
bad sent n steward to ascertain If Miss
Harlug needed anything, but the new
comer evidently changed his mlud mid
turned back. Then came Courtenay's
voice, low. but compelling:
"One moment, M. dc rolnclllt. A
worll with you."
"Another time, ni'sleu', I pruy you
pardon mo now. I find I nm not strong
enough jet to venture on deck."
"Oh. jes. you nre. in slcu. I want to
give jou the limine of jour life. Mr.
Cray has told me of jour behavior,
uud ho charitably added that Jour cow-
sirdicu and treachery mlght'liavo arisen
from ungovernable fear .Now, If you
wlsli to atone for your conduct, here Is
nn opportunity. I nm Inking n boat
nshore to try to snvc some of my men
who are linprlsoucd there. There Is a
fair risk lu the' venture. The outcome
may bo death. Will Jou olunteer lo
take an onr? That would whitewash
jour weather marks."
"It Is Impossible. I am too feeble. 1
"Ah, jou svvlno! Can It Is? possible
that jou arc n rrcnchinnn? What sort
of couiitshlp Is It jou boast of?"
"Sir, I nm passenger on this ship"
Courleiiny's volco was rulsed n little.
"Mr. Hojle." ho said, "give orders
that if this skunk shows Ids nose In
side the salon iignln ho Is to Tie kicked
out. He csu ent his meals In his stale
room or lu the foro cabin with the. oth
I.lslo heard every word. Sho fancied,
too, that Isobel was listening, though
she gave uo sign. Hut the unknown
cause of the captain's auger was ns
nnuclit enmnared with the stateincut
that he was about to leave tho ship.
She had heard tho lowering of tho bout
without heeding. He was already
climbing down the ship's side. Soou
he would be far from her. perhaps nev
er to return, for ho wus not ono to
paint imaginary ills, mid had he not
told I)c rolnclllt what the outcome of
the undertaking might lie? Sho found
Isobel looking nt her with frightened
"Did you hear?" camo tho tense
"And jou nro content to let him go?"
"Ah, OihI! Yes, content."
"Hut It Is folly. Ho Is the captalu.
.He should uot go. We havo risked
enough already. Who are theso men
for whoso sake he leaves you nud nil
"I know uot, nor do I greatly care.
May heuven help me nntl them. We
me bis first care. Let It bo mine to
leave him unhindered In tliu task ho
h.ols'l wns cowed Into silence III
sin's hero worship had reached n
height be.vnnd her comprehension Sho
would never understand how n wo
man who loved n mini could send him
tolnnlailly to his den I lit nud her shal
low mind did not couteniplnlt' the pos
viblllty of I'ourtonny's refusing to be
svvajed bj nny oilier consideration
th.iu that vihlth ids conscience told
hlXH wo, tilth!
ti..,.-.i -,m- tn(i, n. ii srn.. thor '
,':.. 'n,;rcm2l, the hnrn
wnlted until they caught tho sharp
".,,,"-,. ,,.. nn,i ln
lommaiiil Oivc wnj mere, nnci m
i.i. i, ,.r ..n toil them that he boat .
i - ;
had really started on Us Journey short
"' Then IsoWI. glancing furtively
Iti.it vvhiih was lult-tllglble to her low
"I nm sorry." she w hl'imred. catch
ing Clsle's hand timid!' "I wild what
I thought wns for the best. At nuj
rnle, It Is too late now "
Too late! The other girl groped
blindly for (be door She felt that she
would jleld in the stinln If she did not
go on deck nud tntch u parting glimpse
of the man who had Irocome dearer to
her than life Itself.
On Ihe mop she found I'nyle. Chris
tubal, (irnv mid Walker. A niunler
of Chileans weie leaning over the rails
of Ihe main tier!; All the men were
talking i-irnestly It wns i.mluo'istliat
they should conn their1 conversation
the Instant she nppeaied One in in
may conceal his fears, but tweiilj tan
not. She brushed nwnj the tears deler
mludedly nud looked nl the hint, nl
i party n white speck mi Ihe green car
pet of the bay. She could see Courto
nny dlstlnctlj Some magnetic Impulse
must have gone out from her. because
she bad not Ishmi wntthlng him Ion ;er
than n couple of seconds when he
turned nnd wnved his hand She re
plied Instantly, fluttering a liiudker-
bli'f, poor girl, long ufler It became
Impossible for her toillstliiguirli w belli
er or not be returned her signals.
At Inst she turned to Mr. Hujlc, who
wns nenrest to her,
"Who Is slttln-f next to Captain Cour
icuaj i sue nrktti, nun sue una n ueei
lug Inipresrlon that He was nnxlous for
her'to speak, so qiilcklj did he nnsvvcr
"Tollemnche lie shinned ilov n the
ladder ns the first volunteer. Ihe
skipper ordered him lo get out. but be
said lie was deaf. Aujbow. I'm glad
he Is there. Courtcnny ought to have
one sure enough whlto innn by his
"And what nre they attempting"
"Huh. It's n- bold plnn, nn' I'm not
coin' to condemn It on that account.
Hne you beard this mornln's nows
how Suarez found out from the In
dians that eleven of our crew nro hid
Ing lu n'ca'vo on (iunnaco hill?"
"Something of It, not nil. Hut why
why hns Captain Courtenay gone off
In such a hurry?"
"Well, Miss I.lslo. he figures that nn
open effort by dnj light is the only way
to rescue them. They will have seen
our signals, nu' they can hardly fall
to sight the boat. When he Is clo.se
Inshore they ore sure to tnnke n dash
for It, an' ho hopes to get them off
ls-fi.ro the Indians nnke up to tho
game be Is plnjln'. There arc eight
men lu the boat, nnd with eleven oth
crs to help there shouldn't ho much
dllllciilty lu keeplu' tho savages nt a
"How soou will he reach the land
"Huh. MiijIk? nn hour, nn' nnnther
hour fur the homo trip. He'll be
nlKtard for tea."
Uoyle uttered that concluding state
ment n trifle too ulrlly. I.lslo for the
first time lu tier life knew what It
meant to want to scream nloud.
"Did Captain Courtenay leavo nny
message for inc?" she demanded.
"Huh message! Why. he will !
nwuy only a couple of hours!"
"Surely jou will tell me, Mr. Hojle?"
she pleaded wlstfullj-.
"Well, I happen to know there's a
letter In the doctor's bands, but that is
to lie given you In caso of accident
alone. And there's no sign of any ac
cident jet, thank goodness!"
l.lsle clung to the nfter mil nnd
wntched the boat, now a (luy dot hard
to discern amid the ripples caused by
the liitlnnlng tide Her Intimate ac
quaintance with Ihe dally happtyilngs
of llfo aboard told her Hint Courttnay
had chosen the Inst hour of timid for
his effort, thus gaining the ndvuntago
of the ebb In the event of the llfclmnt
being pursued by canoes tin the return
Journey. Ily degrees n lender Utile
sprig of hope peeiied up In her dulled
consciousness. The Imat was ,cry
near the distant rocks, and there was
neither sight nor sound nf the Indians.
Could It be that they wero afraid -altogether
broken nnd demoralized by
the slaughter of the preceding night?
Suddenly she had n brenthless desire
to know why Courtenay wns so sure
that tho men to who help he had
gone were really members of the crew.
"Wilt jou tell mo now what It wns
Hint Suarez found out?" she mur
mured to Chrlstobal. ,
Tho doctor quickly appreciated her
need of material for further thought.
He suppressed no detail exeept'Nils
own willingness to tako Courtennj's
place In the boat.
Wheu Klslc heard of the duplicity
practiced by Suarez It was good to see
the hot ltKllgnntli.il which reddened
her brow. Willi all a woman's single
mlndedness she regarded the Argen
tine miner ns being directly responsi
ble for Courtcnnj''s hazard, nor would
sliu listen to Chrlstobal's mild protest
that nothing could have been done
earlier, uo matter how outspoken Sua
rez chose to be.
The Spaniard encouraged her to de
bate this point anything was better
thaii the. dumb pafu of thought-hut
their talk ceased abruptly when n mill
tered exclamntlou from Gray sent
Wnlker tlylng to the chnrt house. I'orth
with tho trumpet shriek of tho siren
sent Its wild boom ncross the silent
waters, l.lsle needed no oxplnuntlon of
this tumult. Otter creek wns not so
far distant that canoes quitting Its
shelter could uot be seen with the nak
ed eje. She t-ouuti'd sixteen putting
forth lu a cluster, mid they all mudo
for the ndvuntiirons llfebo.it.
"That Is exactly what our captain
iixjHH-ted," iJ2;rlslolml w-l.l.rcftj'i to jj
urc tier. "tTc'wns certain Iicwoura
reach the head of the bay foro tbo
Hull ins nwoke to the meaning of his
. .... ,, ,, ... i,w, i,i ..Inn
wul ,np- "' ,",, """ ,""",, ins pian
falls, the men on shore should have
Joined him, no mailer what numlwr
of savages may no!, to oppose their.
passage to Ihe I if Ihe oiilj doubt
ful qtii'stln Is. Will he Ik i Lie to Iwnt
olf the rast-.ils who nro now cutting
Ids line r n-lrtsl?"
"Huh." grow lid llojlt. '"Hi- skip-l-er's
out of sight now. iJoin Into n
iiinnll ti.-ek or H.iiiclhlii' or Ihe sort
Hore he heanl Hie horn. U-t her Up"
he iddisl lu a load shout oi-r his
idin'il.'er. mid again Hit' siren llimg n
waml'ig to tho font of the iiio'lutnln
It was evident that Ihe wonderful
p.vesig'il of the Iih1I.ui pr-i. It- illy
t-qiinliil Hie liiligt of the leli-iope.
'ihe men lu Ihe Cannes were niire of
the lifeboat's dlsappearants. mid llielr
wet p-iddles Unshed In Ihe sun in they
toie ncro s Ihe thrte miles of "'U
wnler which ep-iraletl Hie s .utheril
promontory from the Inner slure of
the Island Creeping ncircr IIj.vIl, I.I
sle w hlspered
"I'nr Iie.iven's sake, say Ihe llfelsiat
lit- held up u hand to enforce sot-ice.
A deep hush fell on the ship
"Listen!" he muttered, so low tint
Hlsle iiloue enii;-lit Ihe word, "t'nu
jou hear til In'?'
She thouc'it she tnuld distinguish nn
trregulnr p.iliii of dull reports, nml
the bchiMlnr of lie- li dl.ins shovvtl
Hint nildliloiisl ".. I'i incut was tov.anl.
Many of them stood up nud waved
their nrnis. possibly as u signal to their
nllles on shore. The lauoes raced mad
ly. .Where speed was vital the rough
hev.-ii native craft wero far sv.tfter
tli.-. n the solldlj built lifeboat, with Its
broad beam mid deep draft.
And that was all. l.ogh they
strained their ej-cs and spnke with
bated breath, uevir n sight of lioat or
tmioes wns obtainable for hours after
jthe latter were swallowed up by the
trees which shrouded the creek nt tho
foot of Gunnnco bill.
Isobel llnrlni. moved by genuine pity
for her distraught friend, tried to In
duce her to leave the deck, but sliu
shrank nwny terrified by the fire which
blazed from the blue eyes resting on
her for nn Instant. Mrs. Somcrvllle
cnuie. but she. too. was repulsetl
When Chilstobal made n serious effort
to lead her nwny she threatened him
with tho fierceness of n mother tlefeud
Ing her child from cv II.
Hut relief was vouchsafed lu tin
worst throes of her ngony.
Hojle or Gray had never relaxetl n
close lgll by her side. It wns Gray
who made the thrilling discovery that
the ennocs were returning As the
fleet crossed the lily It i-nuld bo seeh
Hint they were towing the llfcliont, bin
never n sign of any pi burners could the
most careful scrutiny detect. The Iwnt
was empty. It wns easy to count ev
ery man In the cnitcx ns they passed
Into Otter creek, and there were w ound
etl Indians on I surd many of them
That was a significant, n tremendous,
fact. There find I'cen hard fighting
and the bout wns captured, but some.
If not all. of the crew must have Joined
their comrades In the sanctuary of the
bnuutcd cave. Tho accuracy of this
deduction wns proved by the presence
of the smoke column on tho hill. In
deed, the opinion wns generally held
that Its spiral clouds were denser than
nt nny previous hour, thus showing
that the defenders were endeavoring tu
make known llielr continued existence.
I.lslo nwokc from her triuce. but In
returning to life she was transformed
Into n stern, resourceful, commanding
wnmnn. ' None suspected tho mighty
force which worked this resolution In
her nature. She conducted herself
with n cunning Hint wns wholly for
eign to bed character. Her first caro
wns to hoodwink her companions Into
the belief that the strain of the day
had passed, hho ncccpted n cup of tea
Tor hoivcn's u',c, i the llclioat ti
brought by Isnliel, expressed her sor
row ir by word or look sliu had
given cause for offense nnd entered
eagerly Into ihe pros nnd tons of the
debate which sprang up ns to the Ix-st
i-oerse to nursiie ; !ii.fi.'.; Ing .1 .
(Continued Next Saturday)
The schooner Wllllnm Lnrniar was
wiecked In n recent gale off Curri
tuck, N. C, hut tho nlno men who
composed the crew were saved hv liie
Auhtrliiu steamship Columbia.
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